Eurotech and IBM contribute software to connect wireless and mobile devices

IBM and Eurotech announced that they are
contributing software to accelerate and support the development of a new
generation of smarter wireless and mobile devices.

The technology, which could become the
basis for a new standard of mobile connectivity and interoperability, will be
contributed to the Eclipse Foundation open source community.

Originally developed by IBM and Eurotech,
the contributed Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT) protocol is in use
today among some industrial, mobile, and consumer applications, providing
reliable device connectivity in industries such as transportation, energy,
military, financial, social media and medical.

Billions of embedded devices – from RFID
tag readers, smartphones and cardiac monitors to GPS-aware systems, thermostats
and smart appliances – can be interconnected to one another. 

Fueled by rapid growth in wireless
broadband connectivity, this number is rapidly expanding. There are more than
nine billion connected devices in the world today and according to a recent
study conducted by Ericsson AB, that number is expected to reach 50 billion by

Many of these devices tend to be industry
focused and tied to proprietary technologies and platforms, making true
connectivity a complex task.  Further, there is an influx of instrumented
products, such as power meters and washing machines some of which do not yet
have access to the power of the internet. 

By connecting all of these devices with an
open-source, cross-industry messaging technology, there is potential to create
new systems of systems that can operate with one another like never before.
This would help organizations more easily embrace growth opportunities across a
wide range of industries, including retail, healthcare and automotive where the
use of mobile and wireless devices are transforming the way they work.

The architecture that the contributed
technology enables can adapt easily to existing systems and provide a new level
of connectivity across a wide range of systems without requiring significant
programming or reconfiguration of legacy monitoring systems.

“Just as Hypertext Transfer Protocol
(HTTP) enabled open communication over the internet, we believe the creation of
an open protocol for messaging can do the same for smarter systems,” said
Mike Milinkovich, executive director, Eclipse Foundation.

Based on an industry proven open protocol,
the MQTT technology will provide the missing piece needed to usher in this new
level of accessibility and connectivity among systems, and enable the creation
of next generation Machine-to-Machine (M2M) solutions.

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